Major Events of 2018
Looking back at the seventh edition of the Innovation Expo
With more than 6,000 visitors, this year’s edition of the Innovation Expo showed the power and interest of innovation in the Netherlands. Around 230 enthusiastic exhibitors showed their innovative solutions at the RDM site in Rotterdam. Visitors got inspired at the keynote sessions and went into depth at robust focus sessions. Plus many deals were sealed and many matches made among the visitors.
State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) sealed a Green Deal with 40 parties to use 100,000 sharing cars in 2021. Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management) launched the Consolidation of strengths for smart mobility, and Secretary General Lideqijde Ongering revealed the 12 nominees for the Water Innovation Prize 2018. State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) gave the go-ahead for the election of the new National Icons, and Raymond Knops (State Secretary Foreign Affairs) awarded the Stuiveling Open Data Award to the innovative platform PoliFLW.
With Meet & Match being an important theme, the visitors made contact via the networking app and in various network meetings. Also, our Health~Holland colleagues could not resist trying out some great Life Sciences & Health innovations, like Scoozy, the alternative for the mobility scooter and Wolk, the invisible hip airbag.
Watch the aftermovie of the Innovation Expo below (in Dutch).
NRC Live: Prevention & Healthcare
NRC Live series on Prevention & Health
‘Prevention is better than cure’ – Desiderius Erasmus
With the ageing population, rising health expenditure, an inevitable increase in chronic diseases and expected staff shortages, it is clear the healthcare system in the Netherlands needs to transform, and quickly. What if we all turn a 100 years? How do we keep healthcare affordable and gain the largest healthcare benefits? It matters to all of us: citizens, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists and government. Because who does not want to grow old fit and healthy? Apart from a system change, it is high time the care fits the needs of the citizens and becomes more demand driven instead of supply driven. During the NRC Live Series in November and December the topic Prevention & Health is addressed.
1 November – Healthcare systems in transition
Various speakers address the topic of healthcare systems in transition. First of all, Joris Slaets spoke about the ageing population, increase in chronic diseases, raising health expenditure and staff shortages; what does this mean for the healthcare and the significance of prevention. He pleaded to bring back the narrative in healthcare. Paul Habets of Vitaal Vechtdal explained how the region Vechtdal ensures their citizens can remain fit and healthy. The evening continued with a panel discussion with Anja van der Aa, Pim Assendelft, Bas Bloem and André Rouvoet who spoke about requirements to successfully implement prevention in the different care situations. According to Bas Bloem, professor of Neurology at Radboudumc: ‘Knowledge institutions also have to work together with companies on prevention issues, as this helps to push innovations into society.’
20 November – Lifestyle as medicine
During the second evening, the audience heard about how society can be moved towards healthy habits. Bas Heine started with a column on the societal effects of the technological revolution. He was followed by Fons van der Lucht who highlighted health epidemic. Fons van der Lucht: ‘It is a challenging task for the government to implement policies on prevention. The opportunities lie in societal acceptance of healthy lifestyles.’ The evening continued with a panel discussion with Mariska Koster, Bas van de Goor, Suzan Wopereis and Gaston Remmers who spoke about the responsibility and ownership of a healthy lifestyle.
18 December – The vital society
How do you involve school, the neighbourhood and workplaces in transforming the healthcare system? How do you design an environment in which the healthiest choice will be the most obvious choice? What can we learn from the integrated approach in practice? These questions were addressed by Eric van den Burg, Mikkel Hofstee, Liesbeth Velema and Martine Geerts during the closing night of the NRC Live series on Prevention & Health. Nico van Meeteren kick-started the evening: ‘To maintain and improve the high standards of care and address the societal challenge Health & Care, we need not just technological but also social innovations. Bottom-up movements are therefore of upmost importance to shape the future of our healthcare system.’ The evening continued with an interesting panel discussion on our health options in our environment and was closed with an inspirational presentation by Chief Failure Officer Paul Iske: ‘Your plan is not a straight line, you will encounter numerous obstacles from which you will learn. Dare to fail brilliantly.’